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Thachi re-elected Kosovo PM despite organ controversy

Hashim Thaci. Photo: 22 February 2011
Image caption Hashim Thaci was re-appointed as prime minister by a 65-1 vote

Parliament in Kosovo has elected former rebel leader Hashim Thaci as prime minister for a second term.

The vote came despite Mr Thaci being at the centre of a controversy after a report by the Council of Europe linked him to organised crime and organ-trafficking.

Organs were taken from prisoners killed by the Kosovo Liberation Army after the 1999 war against Serb forces, the report alleged.

Mr Thaci denies the allegations.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in Pristina also elected Behgjet Pacolli as president.

Mr Pacolli, a Kosovo-Swiss tycoon, won a narrow majority on the third round of voting in parliament, after most opposition members had walked out.

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